Carol Ruth Grumm, a retired registered nurse and former Highlandtown resident, died of cancer Friday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. She was 76 and had lived since 2000 at the Glen Meadows retirement community in Glen Arm.
Born and raised Carol Ruth Berdan in Minneapolis, she served with the U.S. Cadet Nursing Corps during World War II. She earned a nursing degree in 1947 from St. Mary's School of Nursing in Rochester, Minn.
That year, she married the Rev. Arnold L. Grumm, a Lutheran minister who survives her.
Most of Mrs. Grumm's professional career was spent in hospitals in St. Louis and Detroit. She and her husband had lived in Baltimore from 1952 to 1958, and after his retirement, the couple moved to Highlandtown in 1988.
The Grumms volunteered from 1988 to 1996 as National Park Service campground hosts.
Mrs. Grumm also earned a bachelor's degree in 1993 from St. Joseph's College in Standish, Maine. "It was a correspondence course, but she traveled to Maine for her graduation," said a daughter, Heidi J. Surock of Parkville.
Mrs. Grumm was an avid letter writer who enjoyed keeping in contact with family and friends with her newsy notes. She never used a typewriter, preferring a ballpoint pen. She liked to read.
She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, 701 S. Charles St., where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 30.
In addition to her husband and daughter, she is survived by a son, Joel A. Grumm of Grand Rapids, Mich.; three other daughters, Susan M. Mueller of San Francisco, Robin R. Grumm of Jefferson City, Mo., and Lisa C. Beauvais of Detroit; two sisters, Mary Mattson of Whittier, Calif., and Laura Wilbert of San Diego; and 12 grandchildren.